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Early 17th Century
17th Century
14 1/4 x 14 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (36.2 x 36.5 x 6.7 cm)

Unknown, Chinese, Ming Dynasty, Chinese, (1368–1644)

Object Type: ASIAN
Creation Place: Asia, China
Medium and Support: porcelain, underglaze cobalt blue
Credit Line: Gift of Brian A. Dursum, class of 1970
Accession Number: 14-O-372
See the interpretive label written by Chip Desnoyers, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History, for the exhibition Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections in the online exhibition HERE.

Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Wanli period, 1573-1620

This dish is typical of blue and white porcelains made in the late Ming Dynasty for both domestic and foreign markets. The design was so popular that it was commonly copied by the Japanese starting in the early 17th century, and later by the Dutch at Delft. Dishes in this style were also popular in the court of the Ottoman Turks and a wide variety of them survive at the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul.

The pattern is composed of an outer rim band of eight alternating stylized flowers and Buddhist symbols, separated by eight diaper and pearl string panels. The interior is decorated with a bird standing on a rock beneath a flowering bush within an octagonal floral reserve. The obverse of the dish is decorated with eight perforated circular panels separated by three vertical lines.

- Brian A. Dursum, class of 1970
Director and Chief Curator, 1990-2013
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
Current Location: Art Museum : 17 C Gallery


- Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections, La Salle University Art Museum, September 10 - December 14, 2018.
See the online exhibition HERE:

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